Boomer Esiason Foundation Volunteer Jerry Cahill created the You Cannot Fail program to challenge people to discover their own heroism, embrace the ups and downs of their life’s journey, make a difference by sharing that journey with others, and celebrate the stories that make them unique.
As a component of that program, BEF established the Jerry Cahill You Cannot Fail scholarship in 2012 to honor exceptional student-athletes with cystic fibrosis who, like Jerry, don’t let the disease get in their way of living lives filled with purpose, passion, optimism and courage. These energetic young adults also understand that exercise is the key to living, breathing and succeeding with CF, so they have embraced physical activity as part of their everyday routine.
The Jerry Cahill You Cannot Fail scholarship will be awarded annually – beginning in 2013. Grants are made directly to an academic institution to assist in covering the cost of tuition and fees. The April 18 application deadline marks the anniversary of Jerry’s double-lung transplant.
Applicants must have cystic fibrosis and must demonstrate that they go “above and beyond” in everything they do, displaying outstanding character, leadership and service to the community. They also must be compliant to their CF therapies and engage in regular exercise as part of their effort to stay healthy. Finally, applicants must demonstrate a need for financial assistance.